Responding to myself....
Ever have one of those moments where you wished you waited 30 minutes
before you posted???
Well, sure enough I found a fairly interesting page on the Samba
Wiki that treats the issue of Samba 4 and supported LDAP servers:
..and I also, belatedly,found a "devel" mail list thread with
discussion between Richard and Andrew Bartlett:
So it looks like the Samba4-FDS discussion is active and those links give
me a place to start. Now if anyone wants to offer observations related to
my original post, great. In the meantime, let me make my excuses...
On Thu, 28 Jun 2007, Jim Hogan wrote:
Sorry if this has been raised already....
We are presently running an NT4-style Samba 3 domain with FDS back end. Good.
I was looking at the README for the most recent Samba 4 Technology Preview.
There's a section in there that says:
"The Samba 4 architecture is based around an LDAP-like database that
can use a range of modular backends. One of the backends supports
standards compliant LDAP servers (including OpenLDAP), and we are
working on modules to map between AD-like behaviours and this back-end.
We are aiming for Samba 4 to be powerful front-end to large
The fact that FDS isn't mentioned doesn't necessarily mean anything to me,
but I wonder if Richard or anyone involved in core FDS development could
offer any observations on Samba 4 and the potential for use of FDS as a Samba
4 back end. I will say that making Samba 3 run with FDS back end involved a
fair amount of knitting (tho' the same could be said for making Samba 3 run
with OpenLDAP back end).
I have only gotten so far as to untar the latest Samba 4 TP. Has anyone on
list gone so far as to configure Samba 4 with FDS?
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